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Excite Bike is still a simple entertaining game which is initially free, from the eShop, to launch the 3D Classic series. It does slightly improve on the original title adding enhancements only modern day technology can offer.
There are five courses, including a qualifying course to acclimate you to the vagaries of speed management and bike positioning. Two modes allow for either solo races or competition with AI riders. Excitebike also beat Mod Nation Racers to the racecourse-creation mode by a quarter of a century, and in this refresh, you can save up to 32 tracks. The 3-D is interesting, giving the pixel graphics a diorama-like veneer, but it isn’t exactly a wild improvement. Nintendo is already touting how cheap and easy it is to convert games in this style, but it’d be nice if they souped up these 3-D classics with a few more features…
In the end, 3D Classics: Excitebike is well worth the download. If you’re reading this before July 7, don't waste any more time, and go get it now -- it’s free to download! After that date, it will cost you around $6, but if you’re a fan of the NES classic, or are looking for a nice time waster on that next vacation, this is definitely worth it.
As a nice showcase of the potential these remakes offer, 3D Classics: Excitebike is a game you should feel comfortable downloading. In short, it's a fun handheld experience made better by the visual touches Nintendo has implemented. Consider this remake worth trying out.
The 3D effects in 3D Classics Excitebike seem to shift the game just a little. Bringing it to 2D just flattens it out. I am not impressed with the 3D in this game. I learned to race as quickly as possible, and avoid the other racers. The various lanes should have helped avoid the other racers but were not as helpful as one would think.
The game itself hasn’t aged that well, but as a novelty it’s fun for those 10 minutes at a time you may spend with it. The quick nature of Excitebike lends itself well to portable systems. It’s just a matter of whether you require a deeper racing experience to satisfy you. This is the best version of Excitebike you’ll find.
All in all, it’s nice to see Nintendo give early adaptors something for free (until July 6th, 2011) for their loyalty. It is a great way to get users onto the shop channel and it gives them something that they are familiar with but also shows off the new line of 3D classics. I’m excited by the possibility of other games that can be remade like this but I’m also hoping that they receive more than just a paint job. The price point is going to be $5.99 after the month for free and I’m just not sure it is worth the price unless you are a huge Excitebike fan.
"Excitebike" ist und war schon immer ein Schmankerl. Und dank des vorsichtigen und sehr sinnvoll und stimmigen 3D-Facelifts hat man wieder einmal mehr den Grund sich das Spiel zu laden. Natürlich bleiben auch weiterhin der Sound und die Farbgestaltung potenzielle Augen- und Ohrenkrebskandidaten, doch sollte jedermann klar sein, dass es sich hier eben "nur" um einen überholten Genre-Opa handelt, der zwar seine Macken hat, doch dank seines alten Charmes auch heute noch dieses gewisse "je ne sais quoi" hat. Obgleich es viele andere, wesentlich umfangreichere Rennspiele gibt, lädt es stets zu einer kurzen Runde ein, oder man darf sich mit dem optimierten Leveleditor austoben. Definitiv ein Titel, den man sich, zumal er noch einen ganzen Monat lang kostenlos zur Verfügung steht, nicht entgehen lassen sollte - selbst wenn man kein Fan von Rennspielen ist.
Right now, though, Excitebike represents a pleasing - if not essential - example of how Nintendo is planning to overhaul some of its true retro treasures.
But aside from the lack of 3DS-specific features, Excitebike's charming aesthetics and deceitfully strategic gameplay have only gotten better with age. With the 3DS's impressive horsepower, we're going to see more and more handheld titles trying to provide console experiences, but with Excitebike 3D, Nintendo assures us that the eShop will be a place where gamers can find the sort of fun, pick-up-and-play experiences that made handheld gaming such a success in the first place.
Nintendo’s 3D Classic line of games for the 3DS has promise. Excitebike has proven that. It is a good thing that they include it as a free download, since I really do not see paying $6 for it. If Nintendo is going to stay competitive with online downloads, they need to consider reducing their prices to something similar to the App Store. However, as a free game, there is enough here to make it worth at least a couple hours of play.
Jouer à Excitebike en 2011 est finalement toujours plaisant, preuve que les bons concepts peuvent se révéler toujours amusants plusieurs dizaines d’années plus tard. Néanmoins, l’addition de six euros est particulièrement salée pour un vieux jeu rentabilisé de longue date pour Nintendo, surtout comparé à ce que l’on trouve actuellement sur smartphones. Et les efforts fournis pour le passage à la 3D en relief ne justifient pas le tarif demandé.
3D Classics: Excitebike may be vaguely fun in very short play sessions, but with the advances in technology and a superior WiiWare version available, it simply feels dated. The 3D visuals are fantastic and the added save functionality is an improvement, but those alone are not enough to keep every player hooked.